Excess Starting Fluid Ignites Vehicle Fire, Destroys Joppa Truck

Excess starting fluid within the engine compartment of a backfiring a truck is being blamed for the fire that destroyed a Joppa man’s truck on Saturday afternoon.

Just before 1:15 p.m. on Saturday, emergency personnel were dispatched to the 1500 block of 1500 Mandeville Road in Joppa for a reported automotive fire. The fire was discovered by the owner in the engine compartment of his 1990 GMC Sierra truck.

Upon the backfiring occurring, excess starting fluid ignited within the engine compartment. The hood fell and the owner was unable to gain access. He later used three fire extinguishers in an attempt to extinguish the fire. The vehicle was determined to have not been registered or insured.

Five firefighters from the Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company responded and had the fire under control within 5 minutes.

The Office of the State Fire Marshal estimated the fire caused $500 in damage. There were no injuries reported.


  1. frosh gonna sue dat Trump says

    Easily worth it. If it runs and has historic tags on it, even with the restrictions, there’s no inspection or stupid emissions testing required. Plus, it’s easier to maintain and not as democrat looking (effeminate) as a current truck/suv/cuv.

      • Guvner frosh says

        MVA does not indicate vehicle serviceability or roadworthiness as a requirement, only that it be 20 years or older to qualify for historic plates.

        • Democrat Voter says

          Every middle class neighborhood has a dope fiend under 30 year old tweeking out, and wrecking their car everyday on Harford County roads, after they got done sitting in a Catholic Church and this guy is worried about historic tags?

          Pray to Jesus, or whatever conservative shit values you look to.

          • Amy Schumer (from Canada) says

            Whoa, calm down. Did something you read on jezebel upset you? It’s okay, no two are alike.

        • henry says

          Guvner frosh Your claim for historic tags is wrong. Here I’ll save you from looking it up and coming up with another lie.

          The vehicle owner will certify the vehicle will be maintained for use in exhibitions, club activities, parades, tours, occasional transportation and similar uses. The vehicle owner further certifies the vehicle will not be used for general daily transportation or primarily for the transportation of passengers or property on highways.

          You’re welcome, now go away.

          • Guvner frosh says

            I’ll help you out, Henry. Nowhere on the current form for application for historic registration, VR-096 (10-16), does it state anything about the operational status of the vehicle. Also, from the MVA website:

            “How do I register a vehicle as a historic vehicle?

            To be registered as a historic vehicle (class L), your vehicle must be a passenger vehicle, motorcycle or truck (with a GVWR of 10,000 pounds or less): be 20 calendar years old or older and must not have been substantially altered, remodeled or remanufactured from the manufacturers original design.

            A vehicle registered as historic cannot be used for general daily transportation, or primarily for the transportation of passengers or property on highways. It can only be used in exhibitions, club activities, parades, tours, occasional transportation and similar uses. A trailer does not qualify for historic registration. They will not be used for employment, transportation to and from employment or school, or for commercial purposes.”

            I stand by my previous statement and I’ll further clarify: When you apply for vehicle historic registration/plates, the condition of the vehicle has no bearing on the acceptance of the applications, as you don’t need any certification as to the roadworthiness of the vehicle.

          • Not Economically Viable says

            “occasional trips” is defined as what?

            Pleae provide statute and some case law on violations.


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